EBA Autumn meeting
2-3 December, 2022
our next meeting is scheduled on 3-5 June
Dear colleagues, October 16th is World Anaesthesia Day
The focus this year is on Medication Safety. Being leaders in perioperative patient safety we anaesthesiologists have an obligation to serve as role models and share that knowledge and expertise with our colleagues and coworkers.
To facilitate the implementation of a culture of medication safety the EBA published Recommendations for Safe Medication Practice:
The EBA also fully supports the WFSA campaign to emphasize the importance of Medication Safety and increase the visibility of the role anaesthesiologists play in providing a safe environment for patients
Happy WAD 2022!
The European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA) fully supports the WHO World Patient Safety Day 17th September 2022.
Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of avoidable harm in health care across the world and ‘Medication Safety’ has been selected as the theme for World Patient Safety Day 2022, reaffirming the objectives of the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: ‘Medication Without Harm’ launched in 2017. https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-patient-safety-day/2022
This focuses on the priority areas of medication safety: high-risk situations, transitions of care, polypharmacy (concurrent use of multiple medications) and look-alike, sound-alike medications, all particularly applicable to Anaesthesiology. The European Board of Anaesthesiology responded to this by publishing Recommendations for Safe for Safe Medication Practice.
The EBA wishes to promote these recommendations to help reduce high burden of medication-related harm due to medication errors and unsafe practices. Additionally they include a 13-point checklist all hospitals can use to monitor the implementation of these simple and achievable measures. Prof Oleg Sabelnikovs, EBA President said “According to WHO, medication harm accounts for 50% of the overall preventable harm in medical care and we advocate urgent action through adopting the EBA guidelines to improve medication safety.”Dr David Whitaker, Chair of the EBA Patient Safety Committee, commenting on the WHO initiative, said: “Great opportunities exist to reduce and remove human factor errors in medication safety through better pharmacy procurement of safer, end-user friendly medicine preparations, avoiding preparations that look and sound alike which can easily be confused with others, using ready-to-administer prefilled syringes and standardisation of work surfaces and medication processes.”
Any enquires about this Press Release please contact EBA Secretariat email: firstname.lastname@example.org